THE ART OF ASSESSMENT
DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE ASSESSMENT
Value of Asssessments
“Assessment is not about you as a teacher; it is about your students.” The great misconception about observation assessments is that it is for the benefit of the teacher. Many teachers believe that observational assessments main purpose is to evaluate their productivity. In reality, assessments are here to evaluate progress and development of children. This tool is used to assess children to determine the level that a child has reached their milestones. I’ve always been a firm believer that assessments are the most necessary tool next teaching. This allows us as educators, to know whether or not we are getting through to the student.
Questions Related to Assessment
1. Why are you participating in the assessments that you use with students?
2. Can you share in explicit detail the value that you find in each assessment?
3. Do you participate in assessments that you find no value in for students?
4. Are you using an assessment you have no idea how to deliver, but are afraid to ask for help with?
Why Are These Question Important to Assessments
Using these questions will create a standard for understanding assessments. The first question makes the assessor think about the purpose of the assessment and attach a form of empathy to the values of this assessment. The second question allows the assessor to identify the importance of the assessment.
This is a thinking question that allows them to have to find something to associate that assessment reasoning to. This also is the question that evaluates the necessity of the assessment. The third question is validates the opinion of the surveyor. This question simply asks the assessor to valid and/ or complies with the assessment. The last question validates that assessor ability to deliver the assessment. If the surveyor doesn’t have enough information or is unsure of themselves in their delivery, they can cause a misread on the assessment. It is always a good idea to ask for help when needed. There are so many resources about assessments out there.
The most important thing about assessment is that it is used to help students be successful in their education process. This premise will continue to give value to the art of teaching.
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